Two of the key goals for ASEAN stated in the 2025 AEC Blueprint include developing the digital economy and enhancing ICT connectivity in the region - as also stated in the 2025 Masterplan for ASEAN Connectivity, the 2020 ICT Masterplan, and more recently, the EU-ASEAN Plan of Action which aims to "jointly explore ways to develop transparent, coherent, ICT regulatory framework as well as other ICT priorities as mutually agreed".

With these two goals in mind, the EU-ABC Digital Advocacy Group intends to publish a position paper on key ICT & Digital Economy issues within the region to be presented at the AEM 2018, as it increasingly becomes a focal point to push forward on the AEC agenda, with greater connectivity and better support for services in the region for investment and businesses.